Fair Access to Social Housing

It is the right of every citizen to have access to affordable housing. However, due to the mismanagement of social housing and the continued discrimination of landlords/estate agents against benefit claimants, this is not the case.

Here are some suggestions to alleviate this growing crisis in our country.

1. Landlords/Estate Agents must accept benefit claimants if they can pay the necessary deposit/fees and are of good character/credit.

2. If a Council/Association cannot house an applicant after a given time (i.e 18 months or 2 years) then the applicant should be given the necessary monies to rent privately. This should include 1 months rent in advance (LHA equivalent), 1 months deposit (LHA equivalent), administration cost (standard of the area). It can be difficult for those on low-incomes to raise this money as well as buy furniture, tv licence, and all the other necessary costs of setting up home. While this may seem like a large payout sum, it is much less than what the individual would have received had they been allocated a property within 12 months of their application, or if they had friends/family who could pay these costs for them to go into the rental sector earlier.

3. Ensure that Local Housing Allowance rates do reflect the actual cost of private rent in a given area. In some areas the rate seriously falls short, which means that people either have to apply for social housing or move to another area of the country away from family and friends.

4. Revise Social Housing Allocations. At present, allocations are generally made on a needs basis rather than a time-waiting basis. This means that many people, especially single people, are perpetually at the bottom of the list. Allocations should be split between needs basis and time-waiting i.e. 70% of allocations made on a needs basis and 30% on a time-waiting basis. Even if only 1 in 5 properties were allocated on a time-waiting basis, then those at the bottom of the list would eventually move up.

5. Right to buy has its merits but also problems. Sold stock should be replaced. If it cannot be, due to financial constraints on the Council/Association or lack of land, then right-to-buy should be restricted in that area.

6. Build more social housing!

Why is this idea important?

It is the right of every citizen to have access to affordable housing. However, due to the mismanagement of social housing and the continued discrimination of landlords/estate agents against benefit claimants, this is not the case.

Here are some suggestions to alleviate this growing crisis in our country.

1. Landlords/Estate Agents must accept benefit claimants if they can pay the necessary deposit/fees and are of good character/credit.

2. If a Council/Association cannot house an applicant after a given time (i.e 18 months or 2 years) then the applicant should be given the necessary monies to rent privately. This should include 1 months rent in advance (LHA equivalent), 1 months deposit (LHA equivalent), administration cost (standard of the area). It can be difficult for those on low-incomes to raise this money as well as buy furniture, tv licence, and all the other necessary costs of setting up home. While this may seem like a large payout sum, it is much less than what the individual would have received had they been allocated a property within 12 months of their application, or if they had friends/family who could pay these costs for them to go into the rental sector earlier.

3. Ensure that Local Housing Allowance rates do reflect the actual cost of private rent in a given area. In some areas the rate seriously falls short, which means that people either have to apply for social housing or move to another area of the country away from family and friends.

4. Revise Social Housing Allocations. At present, allocations are generally made on a needs basis rather than a time-waiting basis. This means that many people, especially single people, are perpetually at the bottom of the list. Allocations should be split between needs basis and time-waiting i.e. 70% of allocations made on a needs basis and 30% on a time-waiting basis. Even if only 1 in 5 properties were allocated on a time-waiting basis, then those at the bottom of the list would eventually move up.

5. Right to buy has its merits but also problems. Sold stock should be replaced. If it cannot be, due to financial constraints on the Council/Association or lack of land, then right-to-buy should be restricted in that area.

6. Build more social housing!

Affordable Housing

It is the right of every citizen to have access to affordable housing. However, due to the mismanagement of social housing and the continued discrimination of landlords/estate agents benefit claimants, this is not the case.

Here are some suggestions to alleviate this growing crisis in our country.

1. Landlords/Estate Agents must accept benefit claimants if they can pay the necessary deposit/fees and are of good character/credit.

2. If a Council/Association cannot house an applicant after a given time (i.e 18 months or 2 years) then the applicant should be given the necessary monies to rent privately. This should include 1 months deposit (LHA equivalent), 1 months rent in advance (LHA equivalent), administration cost (standard of the area). It can be difficult for those on low-incomes to raise this money aswell as buy furniture, tv licence, and all the other necessary costs of setting up home.

3. Ensure that Local Housing Allowance rates do reflect the actual cost of private rent in a given area. In some areas the rate seriously falls short, which means that people either have to apply for social housing or move to another area of the country away from family and friends.

4. Revise Social Housing Allocations. At present, allocations are generally made on a needs basis rather than a time-waiting basis. This means that many people, especially single people, are perpetually at the bottom of the list. Allocations should be split between needs basis and time-waiting i.e. 70% of allocations made on a needs basis and 30% on a time-waiting basis. Even if only 1 in 5 properties were allocated on a time-waiting basis, then those at the bottom of the list would eventually move up.

5. Right to buy has its merits but also problems. Sold stock should be replaced. If it cannot be, due to financial constraints on the Council/Association or lack of land, then right-to-buy should be restricted in that area.

6. Build more social housing!

Why is this idea important?

It is the right of every citizen to have access to affordable housing. However, due to the mismanagement of social housing and the continued discrimination of landlords/estate agents benefit claimants, this is not the case.

Here are some suggestions to alleviate this growing crisis in our country.

1. Landlords/Estate Agents must accept benefit claimants if they can pay the necessary deposit/fees and are of good character/credit.

2. If a Council/Association cannot house an applicant after a given time (i.e 18 months or 2 years) then the applicant should be given the necessary monies to rent privately. This should include 1 months deposit (LHA equivalent), 1 months rent in advance (LHA equivalent), administration cost (standard of the area). It can be difficult for those on low-incomes to raise this money aswell as buy furniture, tv licence, and all the other necessary costs of setting up home.

3. Ensure that Local Housing Allowance rates do reflect the actual cost of private rent in a given area. In some areas the rate seriously falls short, which means that people either have to apply for social housing or move to another area of the country away from family and friends.

4. Revise Social Housing Allocations. At present, allocations are generally made on a needs basis rather than a time-waiting basis. This means that many people, especially single people, are perpetually at the bottom of the list. Allocations should be split between needs basis and time-waiting i.e. 70% of allocations made on a needs basis and 30% on a time-waiting basis. Even if only 1 in 5 properties were allocated on a time-waiting basis, then those at the bottom of the list would eventually move up.

5. Right to buy has its merits but also problems. Sold stock should be replaced. If it cannot be, due to financial constraints on the Council/Association or lack of land, then right-to-buy should be restricted in that area.

6. Build more social housing!

Right to Housing

It is the right of every citizen to have access to affordable housing. Unfortunately, due to the mismanagement of social housing and the continued descrimination of landlords/estate agents against benefit claimants, this is not the case.

Here are some suggestions to alleviate the growing housing crisis in this country:

1. Landlords/Estate agents must accept benefit claimants if they can pay the required deposits and monthly rent and are of good character/credit.

2. If Councils/Housing Associations are unable to house a person/family within a given period (i.e. 18 months or 2 years) then applicants who have waited this long should be given the necessary monies to pay the required deposit, rent in advance, agents fees of private rental. It can be very difficult for people on low incomes to come up with this money aswell as pay for furniture, tv license, and all the other necessary costs of setting up home.

3. Ensure that the Local Housing Allowance rate does actually reflect the average cost of private rental in a given area. There are some areas where it seriously falls short of this, which means that people either have to apply for social housing or move to another area away from family and friends.

4. Revise social housing allocations to ensure that properties are allocated on a time-waiting basis aswell as on a needs basis. For example, 70% of available properties could be allocated to those in greatest need and 30% to those who have been waiting longest. As the system stands now, many people (i.e. single childless people) are virtually perpetually at the bottom of the list regardless of how long they have been waiting. Even if only 1 in 4 properties were given to the person waiting longest, those at the bottom of the list would eventually move up.

5. If it isn't obvious, build more social housing! Over the past 30 years so many council properties have been bought (right-to-buy) but have not been replaced with new stock. This has led to a serious shortage in social housing.

6. Right-to-buy has its merits, but also its problems. Sold stock should be replaced. If it cannot be in a given area, due to financial constraints of council/association or lack of land, then right-to-buy should be restricted in that area.

Why is this idea important?

It is the right of every citizen to have access to affordable housing. Unfortunately, due to the mismanagement of social housing and the continued descrimination of landlords/estate agents against benefit claimants, this is not the case.

Here are some suggestions to alleviate the growing housing crisis in this country:

1. Landlords/Estate agents must accept benefit claimants if they can pay the required deposits and monthly rent and are of good character/credit.

2. If Councils/Housing Associations are unable to house a person/family within a given period (i.e. 18 months or 2 years) then applicants who have waited this long should be given the necessary monies to pay the required deposit, rent in advance, agents fees of private rental. It can be very difficult for people on low incomes to come up with this money aswell as pay for furniture, tv license, and all the other necessary costs of setting up home.

3. Ensure that the Local Housing Allowance rate does actually reflect the average cost of private rental in a given area. There are some areas where it seriously falls short of this, which means that people either have to apply for social housing or move to another area away from family and friends.

4. Revise social housing allocations to ensure that properties are allocated on a time-waiting basis aswell as on a needs basis. For example, 70% of available properties could be allocated to those in greatest need and 30% to those who have been waiting longest. As the system stands now, many people (i.e. single childless people) are virtually perpetually at the bottom of the list regardless of how long they have been waiting. Even if only 1 in 4 properties were given to the person waiting longest, those at the bottom of the list would eventually move up.

5. If it isn't obvious, build more social housing! Over the past 30 years so many council properties have been bought (right-to-buy) but have not been replaced with new stock. This has led to a serious shortage in social housing.

6. Right-to-buy has its merits, but also its problems. Sold stock should be replaced. If it cannot be in a given area, due to financial constraints of council/association or lack of land, then right-to-buy should be restricted in that area.